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Monday, December 30, 2013

MLB rumors: Carl Pavano attempting comeback from spleen removal sugery

By on 12/30/2013 09:00:00 AM

We last saw starting pitcher Carl Pavano in the first half of 2012 while he pitched for the Minnesota Twins. His season ended in June due to a shoulder sprain and bone bruises. He finished with a record of 2-5, 6.00 ERA, and 1.397 WHIP in 11 games.

During the offseason between 2012 and 2013, Pavano had a freak accident at his home. He fell while shoveling snow, rupturing his spleen, a potentially life-threatening injury. He had surgery to remove the spleen in January, 2013, and -- obviously -- sat out the season.

Now, it appears that Pavano is healthy and ready to make a Major League comeback. NBC's Craig Calceterra reports that Pavano, a free agent, is building up arm strength in preparation to showcase himself for as many teams as will look at him. Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish also announced the news Monday night:
Panavo has a career record of 108-107 with an ERA of 4.39 and WHIP of 1.340 in 14 seasons with the Twins, Marlins, Yankees, Indians, and Expos. His best year was 2004 with the Marlins: 18-8, 3.00 ERA, and 1.174 WHIP and his only All-Star appearance.

The shoulder sprain and spleen incident are not his only long-term injuries. He has missed over 100 games four other times and 59 or more in three more seasons. He had Tommy John surgery in June of 2007 and sat out nearly two years. He missed all of 2006 with right shoulder tendinitis.

In his last full season of 2011, Pavano was 9-13 with a 4.30 ERA and 1.360 WHIP for the Twins. He may still be a serviceable back-end starter for a team on the bubble of contention because of his pennant race and postseason experience. In fact, he has a World Series ring (Marlins, 2003), and a very good postseason record of 2-2, 2.51 ERA in ten postseason games.

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